Way back when, they used to barnstorm like this. But it was back before anyone around here can remember. Then the Giants built their palace, and FanFest became a big annual event limited to AT&T Park.
Now it's branching out. From 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, more than two dozen players, coaches and others — big names like Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito and Mike Krukow — will hold court at the Britannia Arms in downtown San Jose. They'll sign autographs and celebrity bar tend, and then they'll head over to the Sharks-Hurricanes game, where Lincecum will drop the first puck.